The Association of Retired Conservationists was organized by a group of retirees from the Wisconsin Conservation Department in the 1960's. By the mid-1970's, the WCD had been combined with the Department of Resource Development to form the Department of Natural Resources, and the retirees group had grown significantly, met monthly for lunch and began inviting speakers to address the group on issues of interest to the members. Today, the organization has more than two hundred members.

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Important Timely News

Retired Rick                                           Jul 29, 2022


The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet in-person for the August board meeting to consider several proposed rules, hearings, land items and donations.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022, originating from Public Meeting Room G09, at the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin. The Board will act on items 1-4 and 7-8 as listed on the Agenda.

The public is encouraged to watch the August board meeting on the DNRs YouTube channel.

The deadline to register for remote public appearance requests and to submit written comments is 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. Remote testimony from the public via Zoom may be accepted. In-person pubic appearances are also welcome.

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Retired Rick                                           Jul 26, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds eligible disabled hunters hoping to participate in the 2022 gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities to contact and confirm their hunting location with a hunt sponsor before Sept. 1, 2022.

Sponsors have enrolled nearly 70,000 acres of land across 40 counties for this year's hunt taking place Oct. 1-9, 2022. To participate in the 2022 hunt, hunters should contact sponsors directly. Some properties can accommodate more hunters than others, so hunters are advised to contact potential sponsors as early as possible to determine availability.

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Retired Rick                                           Jul 21, 2022

Northern Wisconsin residents claim Wisconsin DNR is violating its own standards to protect water quality

Residents accuse DNR of allowing timber harvests too close to lakeshores

One Sunday morning in April two years ago, Ardis Berghoff set out with her friend John Schwarzmann for an early morning hike in the state forest around Whitney Lake near the town of Boulder Junction in northern Wisconsin.

"We started seeing paint marks on trees, and we both knew that was marking a timber sale. And as we got closer and closer to the lake, John got quieter and quieter," said Berghoff. "And I was just exclaiming out loud over and over again, 'My gosh. This looks like a heavy timber sale.'"

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Retired Rick                                           Jul 20, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is celebrating the anniversaries of 13 Green Tier participants and their commitment to protecting the environment.

Companies and organizations participating in the DNRs Green Tier program work toward reducing their environmental impacts and show improvement over time. They also have initiatives that go beyond their compliance requirements. All these efforts help improve the well-being of Wisconsin.

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Retired Rick                                           Jul 20, 2022

Fall hunting forecast features a mixed bag of gamebirds

When the fall gamebird seasons open, hunters are likely to find a mixed bag of more or fewer birds compared to last year.

Bird forecasts are usually indirect and made before spring recruitment has taken place.

Ruffed grouse numbers are the most anticipated and the species with the most data to ponder. Each spring drumming counts are conducted across most of the birds ranges, but some regions are left out because there are very few drumming males to count.

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Retired Rick                                           Jul 15, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments today on the North Central Regional Master Plan for properties it manages in the North Central Forest Ecological Landscape. The initial public comment period is open through Aug. 15, 2022.

The public can learn about and share perspectives on the DNRs regional master planning process for properties in the North Central Forest region through upcoming open house public meetings, the DNRs website and input forms. Following the close of the comment period, department staff will summarize the comments received and post them on the projects webpage.

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Retire Rick                                           May 3, 2022

General Fishing Season Opens May 7

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is excited to announce the 2022-2023 fishing season will open on Saturday, May 7. All regulations and license requirements apply.

No matter where anglers decide to fish, all Wisconsin residents and non-residents over the age of 16 are required to purchase a fishing license. You can buy licenses through Go Wild, the DNRs license portal, or from a license agent.

Retired Rick                                           May 3, 2022


May is Clean Air Month, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) celebrates the accomplishments of the last year, including the improvement in overall air quality in Wisconsin.

The DNRs 2021 Wisconsin Air Quality Trends Report shows that air quality in Wisconsin continues to improve, including a 35% drop in fine particle concentrations, a dramatic reduction in emissions from industrial sources and motor vehicles and a 39% drop in industrial source emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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Laurel Steffes                                           Apr 30, 2022

Many of you spent time helping protect and restore Wisconsins endangered species. You may have checked bald eagle nests from a DNR plane, helped erect osprey platforms, worked with the public to develop the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan, or contributed in other ways.

Five minutes of your time this May can help put conservation of endangered and declining nongame species on sound financial footing and save monarch butterflies, bats, bees, ornate box turtles and hundreds of other species from vanishing from Wisconsin.

Bipartisan federal legislation would bring $18 million a year to Wisconsin targeting more than 400 declining wildlife species. Please e-mail or call your U.S. Senator or Representative now and urge them to vote yes on the Recovering Americas Wildlife Act.
The legislation would provide the dedicated, stable funding needed to keep more species from becoming endangered. It would require no new taxes and the Senate version would pay for it from environmental fines paid by polluters.

Get more information about the Recovery Americas Wildlife Act and direct links to your Senators and Representatives

Comment Forms or telephone number at

More about how Recovering Americas Wildlife Act would benefit Wisconsin nongame species

Most money allocated by the Recovering Americas Wildlife Act --$1.3 billion annually --will go directly to voluntary state wildlife recovery efforts guided by the Wildlife Action Plans Congress mandates that states have. Proactive wildlife conservation to reverse declining populations saves money by addressing threats and keeping species off federal and state endangered species lists. Once on these lists, expensive emergency-room actions and more regulations are needed to save these species.

Tribal Nations would receive $97.5 million annually to fund proactive wildlife conservation on tribal lands and the Recovering Americas Wildlife Act would fund additional recovery efforts for about 1,600 U.S. species already on the federal Endangered Species List. In Wisconsin, that would mean more help for whooping cranes, piping plovers, rusty patched bumble bees and two dozen more endangered species.

In Wisconsin, a coalition of 30 conservation groups and conservationists nationwide have been working hard to secure passage of this crucial legislation. Groups as wide ranging as the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association and Trout Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy and Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin are coming together to back this legislation. We need your help to get this historic legislation across the finish line before more species become extinct.

Get more information about the Recovery Americas Wildlife Act and direct links to your Senators and Representatives Comment Forms or telephone number at

Retired Rick                                           Apr 25, 2022


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is making it easier for the public to get involved in decisions that affect the air they breathe by rolling out a new webpage to engage in the air permit process. The new webpage helps people find recent air permit actions and air permit input opportunities.

The federal Clean Air Act and Wisconsin laws call for public participation and input on air permit actions. The DNR is committed to making this process more accessible to the public.

The new webpage makes it easier for people to communicate with DNR staff and other stakeholders. The DNRs Meetings & Hearings Calendar, DNR staff contacts and links to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys Title V petition process are also available.

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